Each year, GBAR recognizes the active volunteer involvement, charitable acts and business success of its members. The Affiliate Member of the Year Award acknowledges the involvement of industry product and service providers for their active participation in GBAR programs and activities, and their general support of the association, its mission and the REALTOR membership.
"Richard is very deserving of this honor," said Brian Koss, executive vice president of Mortgage Network. "Public service is a big part of what we do, and Richard exemplifies that to the fullest."
Bettencourt has been helping people buy homes or refinance their existing mortgages for more than 14 years. A Certified Military Housing Specialist (CMHS), Bettencourt for the past five years has served on the NAMB’s Board of Directors, where he also serves as Chairperson of the VA Loan Committee and is Past Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee. He was also recently appointed to the Mortgage Bankers Association's VA Working Committee Group. In 2016, he was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals
” in America by National Mortgage Professional Magazine
"I am truly honored by this distinction," Bettencourt said. "It has and continues to be my honor to serve and support our community."